Ratepayers asked to have a say

A newsletter setting out the Dunedin City Council's proposed priorities for the year ahead and where it thinks rates money should be spent is landing in Dunedin mailboxes this week.

The document points people to where they can have their say on what they support in the council's draft annual plan, and what they think councillors and staff have got wrong.

Proposed new spending in the 2014-15 year is minimal as the council continues to play catch-up on its debt, paying off major capital projects such as Forsyth Barr Stadium, but includes further funding incentives for the reuse of heritage buildings and a proposed weighbridge at the Green Island Landfill.

The council is also consulting on a range of other projects, including what order widening work on Portobello and Harington Point Rds should be done and proposed changes to the development contributions policy.

Some changes to fees and charges are also planned, such as increases to fees for dangerous dogs, LIMs and in some building services areas and a rise in St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool charges to match those at Moana Pool.

Public submissions open tomorrow and close at 5pm on April 15. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the annual plan was the council's biggest annual consultation and he encouraged people to participate.

While reducing debt continued to be the council's key focus, it also wanted to make small ''seed'' investments.

These included support for heritage building owners to redevelop and/or strengthen their properties, and seed funding towards a trust to drive the development of a new pool in Mosgiel.


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